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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-10-2013, 09:35 PM
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Posted By Kolenka
I just got a pair of the dual-insert magnetic tap...

I just got a pair of the dual-insert magnetic tap handles from BestBrewTap. Asked for them to be made in Cocobolo, and got exactly what I wanted. The end result is perfect for my 2.5g keg system....
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-24-2013, 09:54 PM
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Views: 1,054
Posted By Kolenka
That other part is right. If you want full...

That other part is right. If you want full carbonation, you are probably aiming at more than 2 volumes of CO2. Think of it this way, the volume of CO2 you want in your beer is more than twice the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-23-2013, 04:53 PM
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Posted By Kolenka
The real issue is that since the mini-kegs aren't...

The real issue is that since the mini-kegs aren't rated for a ton of pressure, force carbonating is really easy to screw up with a mini-keg. They aren't really rated for the pressures that...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-23-2013, 04:16 PM
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Views: 847
Posted By Kolenka
CO2 will get absorbed, to the point where things...

CO2 will get absorbed, to the point where things will reach equilibrium. A point where CO2 isn't being drawn out of the liquid, but isn't being forced in.

Just from the comments you made, I can't...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-21-2013, 07:54 PM
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Views: 99,505
Posted By Kolenka
You can, although you'll use up more CO2 that...

You can, although you'll use up more CO2 that way. I can prime 3+ TAD bottles for the cost of force carbonating 1 TAD bottle. I tend to reserve it for carbonating things like apple cider around the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-07-2013, 11:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By Kolenka
The main problem I had with mine is that the...

The main problem I had with mine is that the plastic is fairly fragile, and the pour speed is glacial. But if you can live with that, they do work well enough.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-27-2012, 12:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By Kolenka
Yes. That's why hose clamps are also used. It...

Yes. That's why hose clamps are also used. It kinda looks like the plastic bit in the photo around the hose is a clamp.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-24-2012, 12:12 AM
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Views: 792
Posted By Kolenka
This is something I am glad to hear about. The...

This is something I am glad to hear about. The current crop of Chinese sourced kegs are interesting, but the lack of standard safety certification is what makes me a bit leery of investing in a...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-21-2012, 07:16 PM
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Posted By Kolenka
Took an EdgeStar fridge that they use for their...

Took an EdgeStar fridge that they use for their kegerators and installed the tower and other parts myself for the same price as the kit. Went this route with the idea that since I am using 2.5g kegs,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-17-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,613
Posted By Kolenka
Depends. If you buy the single tap model, no. And...

Depends. If you buy the single tap model, no. And it uses a weird plastic locking mechanism which isn't all that stable. The two/three tap models come with a 3 inch tower that needs to be bolted to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-17-2012, 06:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,613
Posted By Kolenka
I am putting one of those together right now. It...

I am putting one of those together right now. It will hold 2 5 gal cornies plus gas on outside or inside, but no more than that.

If you want a full kit, Beer Miester is your best bet. Their value...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2012, 11:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By Kolenka
The cherries will remain at the bottom of the...

The cherries will remain at the bottom of the fermenter, even as a puree. The yeast will setup shop on top of them and eat their way down.

6 pounds in a 6.5 gallon carboy sounds perfect. You will...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-09-2012, 02:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By Kolenka
Some folks on the forum have done it, but you...

Some folks on the forum have done it, but you will need to modify the door to get clearance I believe.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-08-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By Kolenka
I have a couple glass carboys and a better bottle...

I have a couple glass carboys and a better bottle carboy. I actually do the opposite: primary in the better bottle, and move to the glass for secondary. While it should be fine, I prefer to use the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-07-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By Kolenka
It's also possible to get the Perlicks for not a...

It's also possible to get the Perlicks for not a whole lot more than the link you posted, although it won't support the site sponsors (and only seems to contain the line, tower, and faucets, and they...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-06-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,177
Posted By Kolenka
I'd personally go for the DIY tap route for...

I'd personally go for the DIY tap route for these. The Party Star isn't really good for long-term use (say, a week in the fridge) due to leaks. The Edge Star tap is meant to be used with their...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-05-2012, 08:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By Kolenka
Just avoid the Heineken kegs (and Newcastle) that...

Just avoid the Heineken kegs (and Newcastle) that include their own tap. There is an unremovable plastic CO2 charger inside the keg itself. You want the brands that use kegs with a gravity dispensing...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2012, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 446
Posted By Kolenka
Extreme Cider Haze During Fermentation?

I've done a couple cider batches in the last couple years using White Labs English Dry Cider yeast. This year I placed a bulk order of cider from the presser and picked it up to do a couple large...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-12-2012, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 363
Posted By Kolenka
That's a lot of chocolate malt if you are going...

That's a lot of chocolate malt if you are going for the color.

I could be wrong since I'm relatively unfamiliar as well, but if it doesn't impart much flavor on its own, using so much will leave...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-12-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By Kolenka
Modification Ideas for a Flavored Witbeir

I've been playing a bit with a variation of "White Lady" this last year, and have a recipe that I want to experiment a bit more with. I'm kinda tempted to split it into a slightly heavier winter...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-12-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,935
Posted By Kolenka
Where in WA is this? My bulk orders have...

Where in WA is this? My bulk orders have currently been going to Skagit Fresh, but I'm always up for getting a bit of diversity. Although that is double what I'm paying now.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-08-2012, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,022
Posted By Kolenka
I can probably take a couple measurements tonight...

I can probably take a couple measurements tonight when I start my batches.

Despite the "good crop", its taking time and the juice is a little late this year. It's also still more expensive than...
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